NAD VISO HP50
Over-the-ear headphones with in-line remote and microphone (Black)
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Warm, open sound and premium construction are the hallmarks of the NAD VISO HP50 (shown in Black).
Every headphone has its own unique sound. But you rarely hear about headphones sounding like speakers. That's because a key ingredient is missing: the room. That was the driving force behind the development of the NAD VISO HP50 headphones. NAD and Paul Barton, founder of sister company PSB, worked together to come up with a pair of closed-back headphones that have a more open-air sound. The result? The HP50 have been universally raved about for sound that's natural, warm, and open, particularly for a closed-back headphone at this price.
The VISO HP50 headphones employ NAD's innovative RoomFeel™ technology. Its purpose is to simulate the sound of speakers in a room. After all, music is mixed and mastered in the studio using speakers. The sound of the room itself is a part of the listening experience as crafted by the artist and producer. RoomFeel is about delivering that experience as truthfully as possible. Through clever configuration of the drivers and acoustic chambers, the HP50 headphones are able to achieve this feat without the use of digital signal processing, for an organic sound that's inviting and smooth. Plus, you still get the benefit of noise isolation that's inherent to a closed-back, over-the-ear design.
The smart design of these headphones doesn't end with RoomFeel. Brushed metal and leather appointments give the VISO HP50 a sleek and elegant look. Soft earpads will keep you listening for long periods. Plus they're lightweight for commuting and travel.
Two cables are included with the VISO HP50: one straight cable and one with a built-in remote and microphone. Use it with your Apple® device to control music playback and adjust the volume, or to make hands-free calls with your iPhone. The cable can plug into either earcup — a nice touch of flexibility for those times when you need it.
Praise for the NAD VISO HP50 from Sound & Vision
"This was an easy review to write; the NAD Viso HP50 sounds as smooth as silk, with excellent detail retrieval, a big soundstage, and bass with the perfect balance of speed and low-end oomph. ...the Viso HP50 demonstrates how good a $299 full-size headphone can be."
— From Steve Guttenberg's review in Sound & Vision, June, 2014
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The NAD Viso HP50 headphones are a terrific value for the money. The expansive and detailed sound stage is accurate in its reproduction and separation is excellent. Treble, midrange and base are well balanced without an overemphasis on bass. I listen to jazz, pop, classical, rock and acoustic folk with these headphones and the sound is incredible. Compared to a number of in-ear headphones that I have tried these are more comfortable for long periods of listening. I prefer over the ear headphones without active noise cancelling. This set provides good isolation but not total cancellation of background noise. Overall, these headphones are an excellent buy for the price.
Pros: Good separation and detailed sound throughout the entire range. Fantastic value for the price.
Cons: The shape of the headband is not the most flattering (a bit square looking) for those who care about that, but they are comfortable for extended periods of listening.
So I am exhausted from listening to so many headphones and I am happy to say the HP50s may be the steal of the headphone offerings. I felt they had comparable clarity and detail to over ear headphones in the $400 range. But most of all, they were easily the most comfortable of all the models I tested.
Pros: Comfort and good isolation. Good warm, detailed sound.
Cons: The flat headband shifts a bit when moving your head and could have been a tad more padded.
Overall, they sound great. Silky smooth highs and velvety midrange. Perfect for jazz, and any genre of music that doesn't have a lot of low end. For rock, I found them lacking, particularly on bass-heavy tracks.
Pros: Velvety midrange and silky smooth highs. You'll hear subtle notes and undertones in your music that you've probably never heard before.
Cons: Bass is lacking, especially for those tracks requiring a lot of low end impact.
Just great / rich sound from these headphones. They seem to do just about everything well. I would describe the sound as rich, smooth, lively and dynamic. I was comparing these against my Audio Technica ATH-M40x and Beyer DT860. I realize the comparison to my ATs is not exactly fair, given the price difference. The NADs just destroy the M40s.. so much richer of a sound, there's not much comparison. Comparing to the 860s, the Beyers have an edge in detail offered in the higher frequencies. All in all, to me - the NADs are the overall winner - very pleasing to listen to. For me, they are very comfortable - even though there is slight pressure from the headband at the top, but not that bad at all once the band is adjusted properly. Really enjoyable listening to music with these phones.. can't think of a better recommendation than that.
Pros: Nice rich sound, throughout the freq. spectrum. Silky smooth sound.
Cons: For me, the bass can sometimes be a tad much (I am def. *not* a "bass head"). However, I don't think the bass is overcooked - it's just accurate. Compared to my Beyer headphones, it's a contrast... but maybe not such a bad thing, just takes getting used to. Also, there is a creaking sound from the right earcup, mostly when you rotate the earcup - around where it adjusts. Not cool for an expensive pair of phones.. makes me wonder about long term durability.
The only reason I'm not giving these 5 stars on sound quality is that they're not playing in the same league as $1000+ headphones. For the price, they're excellent. I compared them with my Sennheiser HD580s (my preferred neutral headphones) doing some critical listening (The Sixteen singing Palestrina a capella), and they were at least as good. I hadn't been sure at first, because I'm so accustomed to open-air headphones and so the HP50s, being closed, felt different. I thought I perceived a lack of midrange, but upon critical listening, it was just the increased sound isolation of the HP50s. The vocals were every bit as nuanced and clear.
So if you're used to open-air headphones, these will feel different. But that's also why I got these, since I wanted some closed headphones I could use in bed without disturbing my wife.
The Sennheisers have also been my standard in terms of head comfort, since they distribute the weight of the headphones very well over my head, with no single pressure point. I was concerned about the HP50s as a result, and their shape does indeed result in a single point of contact. But the padding works well, and being rounded front-to-back makes it easier to shift it slightly forward or back to avoid too much time on one spot, while still being stable on my head. Occasionally it's a little uncomfortable, but that's surprisingly rare. Nearly all of the time I entirely forget I have them on.
The earcups also fit around my (large) ears.
Pros: The sound is excellent, the cable you can attach to either side is a great design, and all the cushions are wonderfully soft and snug. They're also closed headphones, which are hard to find (at least good ones).
Cons: There's a single point of contact (pressure point) due to the headband design, but as mentioned in the review, it turns out not to be a big problem with these (and it usually is for me). They also look a little goofy. My only wish is that I could extend the headband one click larger or bend the headband to be just slightly taller/narrower.
This is a great sounding headphone. Very balanced, clear, and non fatiguing. The only negatives are the squarish headband looks a bit odd when wearing them (though they are comfortable), and I wish sound isolation was a bit better. I was glad to see they sound great with my iPad without a separate headphone amp (I haven't tried a separate headphone amp yet).
Pros: Sound quality even with portable device, comfortable.
Cons: Sound isolation could be better, squarish headband design looks a bit odd when wearing them.
I love the sound of these headphones. They are very detailed, with nice full bass that is not over-emphasized like in some others that I listened to. They fit my large head well, and are very comfortable overall. The exception to comfort comes after a long period of listening because the support rod in the headband presses down on the top of my head and becomes an uncomfortable pressure point.
I would buy them again anyway because of the excellent sound.
Pros: Excellent sound. Very well built.
Cons: Not super attractive compared to some of the other headphones Pressure point after extended use
These headphones are great sounding and comfortable. I wish they looked a little less odd when worn. The headband does not follow the shape of your head, but the sound and comfort allow me to forgive this aesthetic flaw.
Pros: Build quality Sound Comfort
Cons: Appearance of the headband The mid-treble push of these headphones can seem slightly overdone on some recordings Not as noise-isolating as expected
very clear and crisp sound
Pros: great sound
I was looking for a pair of general use closed-back headphones with a replaceable cable that I could use for games, movies, and music.
After a solid 2 days of burn in time, these things really open up and sound amazing. They easily compete with headphones that are almost twice the price, including B&W P7's.
For games and movies, the open soundstage and good positioning immerse you. A rushing river in Skyrim, the grumble of a zombie in Left4Dead, or the hum of your engines in Star Citizen's Arena Commander sound fantastic and really put you in the world.
The HP50's are a mostly flat, somewhat warm sounding headphone. I have tried them with a wide variety of music, from Deadmau5 to Allison Krauss and Robert Plant, and it all sounds great! I thought they did especially well with the Glass Animals album "Zaba". They have a smooth sound that blends all the frequencies amazingly well. Definitely not bass-head cans, but they do have great extension and good presence when the track calls for it.
Comfort is good, but could be better. I listen to them for hours on end but I do notice some discomfort on the top of my head after about an hour and a half that comes and goes.
At the end of the day their versatility, sound, and most impressively - their price, make them an incredible value.
Pros: Open, clear, sound that competes with $400 headphones Compatible with V-Moda BoomPro microphone
Cons: Plastic on the ear cups feels a little cheap
I've tried some gear that I've sent back. Keeping these cans. It's not just that they have a superbly wide and even frequency response; it's that they have that response with low distortion everywhere. All the jumpiness and listening fatigue of my prior headphones is gone. What's more, they are driven easily from a portable player. (Though distortion is so low, they amp easily, too.) On top of that, they sound good with every musical genre I've thrown at them, with the possible exception of heavy electronic stuff, which is really designed to be distorted, anyway, isn't it? If clean, sealed sound quality is your goal, buy these. Now. For flashy design or better construction, perhaps look elsewhere. To me, the sound trumps all.
Pros: Fantastic sound with nearly all material. Low distortion across the frequency spectrum. Probably one of the best general purpose headphones available at any price.
Cons: Comfort, cables, and construction quality are OK, but not up to the level of the sound quality.
Bought these headphones after hours of research, and couldn't have picked better. Bought for combination of work and home use and am extremely happy. At home use in combination with Akai AP-L45 Turntable through Pioneer SX780 stereo and Audio Tecnica LS500 cartridge and have phenomenal sound. As close to live sound as I've ever heard. At work paired with iPod, also great(but not mind blowing, for obvious reasons). Instruments are individual and don't compete. Vocals are the strong point of these cans, clear, life like, and precise. I have had several pairs of Sennheisers and these blow them away. No fatigue at all compared to the Sennheisers, which had a max of 2 hours before being painful. Highly recommend!! Considering headphone amp/DAC, upgrading cord, and PONO player when released.
Cons: cheap accessories, short cord
These were purchased as an upgrade from the popular Audio Technica ATH-M50 headphones. I gave myself a top budget of $300 and didn't want to make room in that figure for the purchase of an amplifier.
My initial list included the DT770 Pro (80 ohm); Mad Dogs; V-Moda M100; and Sennheiser Momentum (over-ear).
I felt the DT770 Pro and Mad Dogs would be too dependent on an amp so I scratched those from the list. I tried the V-Moda M100 at a local store and was left rather underwhelmed. They just seemed too similar to the ATH-M50. I never got to try the Sennheisers but reviews complaining about their small pad sizes turned me off enough not to want to go through the hassle of ordering them and having to return them.
So my search led me to the NAD VISO HP50. I had a tough time finding anyone saying anything negative, aside from the fairly goofy look of the headband (I don't wear headphones as fashion accessory so I don't care).
The HP50 are in another league compared to the ATH-M50. They're incredibly clean sounding and detailed. The soundstage is wonderful for a pair of closed headphones. The bass is pronounced but not overpowering and the mids bring a huge dimension to the sound.
The only negative comment? The cable length. Would it have killed NAD to make a 6 ft cable? The supplied 3 ft cable is a joke and I'll have to purchase a replacement in a longer length.
Pros: Clarity Detailed sound Good bass Incredible bargain
Cons: Cable is way too short
I have more expensive headphones, but none that sound as good as these. Extremely happy with this purchase.
Cons: Some plastic
Outstanding and accurate sound, excellent in all aspects, with great accurate bass, sparkly but not overdone treble, and wonderful mid range. Comfort is average, they are very lightweight and have a strange headband that does not in any way follow the contours of ones head, resulting in them resting on a small spot on the top of ones head, which can get annoying after awhile. Ear cups are smallish and my average size ears barely fit. Build utility is questionable, mostly plastic with flimsy cords, we'll see how well they hold up. If not for the sound I probably would have sent them back, I would rather spend a little more money and gotten the build quality of the PSB 7's with the NAD sound quality. Oh, and they are noisy in that if you are laying down against a pillow or your head is touching a cushion these cans will squeak and groan when moved or touched, way more that your average phones, might be a trade off for sound quality, but it's another little annoyance that I'd pay a little more to not have. I think if NAD incorporated fixes for these issues they could get 5 bills for these, easy.
Pros: Sound quality
Cons: Comfort and build are average, at best.
NAD's VISO headphones sound great to me. Their "Room Feel" technology really opens up the sounstage image directly in front of you making you feel as though you're listening to live music. Very open and lively.
Pros: Open, live-sounding, comfortable, quality build
Excellent headphone build-wise and sound-wise for the price (and perhaps even if price was higher). Love the bells and whistles such as option to insert cable on either side, flat cable, microphone, etc. Ear pads are top-notch. Only gripe I have is that due to the shape of the headband, after a few minutes feels like someone is pushing his finger into top of your head. Trying to overlook final point, but I was really hoping for high comfort.
Pros: Sound, build, look, features, etc.
Cons: Uncomfortable headband
I haven't been satisfied with the research of professional and consumer reviews since I was looking to really compare these to the PSB M4U1s...
After sending back the PSBs, I took a high chance because I already thought the PSBs were awesome. Still the curiosity of the NADs existed. So far without proper burn-in time, UNBELIEVABLE!! Highs: Similar to M4U1s but a touch less harsh on certain songs. Mids: Vocals and instruments are MORE pronounced Lows: Perfect and tighter compared to PSB M4U1.
Music I once considered getting rid of because I thought they were bad recordings are now back in my collection. With the M4U1s, I felt I wasn't achieving the sound I REALLY was yearning for, these headphones nailed it better!!!!! M4U1s version 2.0!
The Roomfeel is WAY MORE APPARENT!!!
I can go days in end without fatigue!
Overall, personal taste in consideration of course, these I am MUCH MORE SATISFIED with compared an already excellent pair of headphones!
I hope this helps you in our decision!
PS: my wife, "Whoa, I NEVER HEARD THAT BEFORE!!!" While listening to a song she is VERY FAMILIAR WITH. This is from a person who doesn't normally care for stuff like this!
Pros: Sound Quality: 5 Stars and superb, clean, and clear Build Quality: 5 Stars Better than I thought based on review on PSB M4U1s here on Crutchfield Comfort: 5 Stars WAY more light weight than PSB M4U1s Noise Reduction: 4 Stars Just because... Compared to a mainstream brand
Cons: Coolness Factor: 2 Stars for looking dorky at moments. Still, I like the looks personally! - 5 Stars for the short cable. Needs a cable extension.
|Frequency Response||20-20k Hz|
|Cord Length||48" + 48"|
|Airline Adapter Included||Yes|
|Parts Warranty||2 Years|
|Labor Warranty||2 Years|
Overview: The NAD VISO HP50 high resolution over-ear headphones are designed to make your music sound like an open air live performance. The HP50s feature two 4' flat, tangle-free cables, one with an in-line 3-button remote/microphone, compatible with iPod, iPhone, and iPad. With the included 1/4" adapter, you can listen to your home audio components, or use the airline adapter to enjoy the in-flight entertainment on most flights. The headphones come with a padded, zippered pouch for storage.
Construction: The VISO HP50s not only sound great, but are stylish as well. The headphones are made of lightweight materials, such as smooth brushed metals, beautiful polished finishes, and lush leather fabrics. The ultra-soft ear cups pivot so they fit your head comfortably. The headphones feature 40mm drivers, especially developed for these headphones, to deliver clear, accurate highs and natural-sounding lows.
RoomFeel: NAD's audio engineers designed RoomFeel technology to translate the warm, open sound of a live performance into a private headphone experience. The entire soundstage is expanded, and your digital files are transformed in clean crisp audiophile-grade sound.
Ribbon Cables: The HP50s come with two 48" flat ribbon cables that are designed to resist tangling. One of the cables includes an in-line 3-button remote/microphone that is compatible with various models of iOS devices, including iPod, iPad, and iPhone. The outer buttons control the volume of your music and phone calls. The inner button can answer and end phone calls, and control music playback with single and multiple clicks. The remote and microphone are supported by iPod nano (4th generation and later), iPod Classic (120GB, 160GB), iPod touch (2nd generation and later), iPhone 3S, iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/5c/5s, iPad, and iPad mini.
great sound and comfort [ MICHAEL Dec 29, 2015 ]
Listened to them and they sounded amazing. [ Keith Dec 27, 2015 ]
Lots of research. In the Event the headphones aren't to my liking, Crutchfield's return policy is hassle free. [ MILES Dec 03, 2015 ]